Episode 32: WWDC: Addressing the Past and Building Bridges to the Future

In this episode, Shawn and Ross take stock of some of the major announcements of I/O, Google’s annual developer event. including how it has answered Apple’s privacy challenge, its latest AI advances, and its new Android device announcements. Our Lightning Round takes on Facebook’s breakup argument, Blue Origin’s literal moonshot, and Redfin’s direct home sales. And our Startup of the Week tackles fake news with machine learning.

Episode 28: A Week of Reconciliation

In this episode, Shawn and Ross feel the love as they discuss the sudden reconciliation between Apple and Qualcomm’ just as its court case was getting underway and the role Intel likely played along with Amazon’s and Google’s progress toward supporting each others’ video efforts. Then, the Lightning Round includes discussion of the Samsung Galaxy Fold screen issues, free music tiers for smart speakers from Amazon and Google, and Google opening up Android in the EU to new browser and search engine choices. Plus, we celebrate the launch of the podcast’s new web home at https://techspansive.com/

Episode 27: AI in the Cloud

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at the growth of AI in the cloud, including the announcements from the Google Next and Qualcomm AI events in San Francisco. Our Lightning Round takes on new Acer’s powerful ConceptD PCs for creators, YouTube TV’s price hike, and the launch of Apple’s podcast website in light of Spotify’s moves. Our startup spotlight looks at Gooroo, a marketplace that uses AI to match students and tutors.

Episode 26: Apple’s media momentum

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at some of the early signs of momentum around Apple’s music and news services. Meanwhile, Netflix drops support for an Apple technology in what may be a sign of growing pains. Our Lightning Round takes on AirPower’s failure, Alexa earbuds and the quick end of Google’s ethics board. Finally, our new startup spotlight looks at Ouvos, crowdsourced navigation for bikes and scooters.

Episode 24: Apple Services

In this episode, Shawn and Ross take on the recent Apple announcements, including: 

  • the significance of Apple’s new hardware,
  • what the new Apple Card means for the future of payments,
  • the company’s double-barreled entry into TV services with the new Apple TV app and Apple TV+,
  • the impact of Apple News+, and 
  • how Apple Arcade stands to improve the state of games for consumers, developers and, of course, Apple itself.

Episode 23: Spotify v. Apple and Microsoft’s Cross-platform Ambitions

In this episode, Shawn and Ross look at the dynamics at play in the competitive dispute between Spotify and Apple as well as major trends in the games market such as Microsoft’s cross-platform ambitions. Finally, in our Lightning Round, Garmin makes its Marq on luxury watches, Lyft justifies its scooter and bike push, and Google Docs makes sure kids get the message.

Episode 20: Amazon’s purchase of eero, Apple’s Next Event, and Amazon Breaks Up with NYC

In this episode, Shawn DuBravac and Ross Rubin delve into Amazon’s purchase of eero and what it means for access to Alexa. Next, we look at the promise of Apple’s services launch in March and its potential for publishers. Ross and Shawn then talk about their hometown dynamics and how they contributed to Amazon’s decision to leave New York City but stay in Virginia. Finally, no prefabricated cubicle can shield you from the excitement of the new Techspansive Lightning Round.

Episode 18: Digital Assistants Spell Change for Hardware and Services

In this episode, Shawn DuBravac and Ross Rubin look at the rising role of the hearable within consumer tech ecosystems and what they mean as companies such as Apple increasingly embrace services. Plus, we’ll discuss how Apple’s focus on privacy could pay off should it become a major  healthcare player and some of the experiments by major and fringe smartphone vendors in advance of Mobile World Congress later this month.